20110128-David Kato Kisule

Archbishop condemns murders of Ugandan gay human rights activist

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, has made the following statement regarding the murder of the gay human rights activist David Kato Kisule in Uganda:

“The brutal murder of David Kato Kisule, a gay human rights activist, is profoundly shocking. Our prayers and deep sympathy go out for his family and friends – and for all who live in fear for their lives. Whatever the precise circumstances of his death, which have yet to be determined, we know that David Kato Kisule lived under the threat of violence and death. No one should have to live in such fear because of the bigotry of others. Such violence has been consistently condemned by the Anglican Communion worldwide. This event also makes it all the more urgent for the British Government to secure the safety of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK. This is a moment to take very serious stock and to address those attitudes of mind which endanger the lives of men and women belonging to sexual minorities.”

Archbishop’s Press Release and background information [PDF].

The Transsexual is my Neighbour: Pastoral Guidelines…

The Transsexual is my Neighbour: Pastoral Guidelines for Christian Clergy, Pastors and Congregations, Christina Beardsley

Document [PDF].

This is also available in booklet form from The Gender Trust at PO Box 3192, Brighton, BN1 3WR. An alternative abbreviated version of the document is given in the information sheet section of the Gender Trust website at: www.gendertrust.org.uk.

The full document contains an appendix on intersex conditions: Appendix [PDF].

Transsexual people cover the whole range of sexuality. However the priority is to be oneself. Many seek gender reassignment by surgery to make the body match the sense of gender that is felt inside.